By Ryan Collins

In recent years, one could be forgiven for believing the perpetually risk-averse Hollywood had finally gone out on a limb. They’ve given us films with lovesick robots, lovesick zombies, silent films, black and white films, films with no dialogue and just Robert Redford on a boat, clones of Tom Cruise and even Matt Damon in space fighting for, well, universal healthcare. Just this week saw Bradley Cooper as a talking raccoon space pirate and his buddy, a giant tree, storm through the box office and rake in the cash.

This risk aversion has its limits, of course. Talking trees are one thing, but a female lead wearing a superhero costume? Let’s not get too carried away! In an interview with Comic Book Resources, Marvel Studios’ President Kevin Feige recently joined the [not-so-]exclusive club of top film industry executives who will most certainly make a superheroine-led film in the [not-so] near future—or whenever they can fit it in to their schedule. “It can certainly be done,” he said, speaking of making a female-led blockbuster. “I hope we do it sooner rather than later. But we find ourselves in the very strange position of managing more franchises than most people have…but [it] is a challenging thing.” To be fair, Feige also mentions in the interview how dumb it is to suggest the world isn’t ready for lady superheroes—pointing to Katniss, Ripley and the like as prime examples.

But how hard can it be for the film industry to imagine super ladies in rad costumes punching things? There does appear to be some hope. Last week at San Diego Comic Con, Zach Snyder revealed the first images of Gal Gadot in all her Wonder Woman finery from his upcoming Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and the crowd went wild! Well, that is until someone noticed she wasn’t wearing blue underwear. Then, rage ensued. Also, Marvel (the comics this time) announced Thor Odinson would now temporarily be Thor Odindaughter in upcoming storylines. Generally speaking, the fans—a picky, vocal crowd—have responded positively, which could mean comic fans are more open to new things than the industry gives them credit or it could mean they’re okay with women in tights so long as they’re on the pages of a magazine.

While this may show the average yahoo like me the moviegoing public is ready and raring for a female superwoman to fly onto the screen, the folks with the money and the cameras still see women superheroes as a swimming pool they’re not sure if they should jump in or just creep in slowly down the ladder, wincing every inch. Until they make up their minds, it looks like we’ll just have to go on casting imaginary comic book movies on our blogs. The Impression thought we’d take a moment to do just that and cast our own team-up of fashionable superwomen—magazine pages notwithstanding.

Ms. Marvel Candice Swanepoel

Ms. Marvel | Candice Swanepoel

Elektra Adriana Lima

Elektra | Adriana Lima

Psylocke Karlie Kloss

Psylocke | Karlie Kloss

Rogue Edita Vilkeviciute

Rogue | Edita Vilkeviciute

Black Canary Doutzen Kroes

Black Canary | Doutzen Kroes

Storm Joan Smalls

Storm | Joan Smalls

Namora Maryna Linchuk

Namora | Maryna Linchuk

Thor Juliana Schurig

Thor | Juliana Schurig

Black Widow Sasha Pivovarova

Black Widow | Sasha Pivovarova

Wonder Woman Isabeli Fontana

Wonder Woman | Isabeli Fontana


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